From late June through August, top talent from college drama departments across the country performs with the College Light Opera Company (tel. 508/548-0668), which puts on a fast-paced summer repertory at the Highfield Theatre, east of the Falmouth village green at 56 Highfield Ave. The venue, a former horse barn, has been a terrific summer-stock theater for the past half-century. Shows often sell out, so call well ahead or keep your fingers crossed for a scattering of single tickets. Tickets cost about $30 per person. The rest of the year, Falmouth Theatre Guild performs on the Highfield Theater stage, offering family-friendly musicals and comedies. Tickets cost about $20 per person.
The Woods Hole Folk Music Society (tel. 508/540-0320) mounts concerts October through May, on the first and third Sunday of each month, attracting a grassroots crowd to Community Hall on Water Street, by the Eel Pond drawbridge. General admission is $8; discounts are available for members, seniors, and children.
Falmouth gets most of the nightlife action on the Upper Cape. One exception is near Otis Air Force Base in Cataumet, near Bourne: On weekends, local bands and DJs draw a crowd of young adults to the Courtyard Restaurant and Pub, 1337 County Rd. (tel. 508/563-1818).
In downtown Falmouth, everyone heads to Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub, at 273 Main St. (tel. 508/548-0285), for a taste of the Emerald Isle. Live music is performed on weekends year-round, often by Liam himself; there’s no cover charge. Grumpy’s Pub, at 29 Locust St. (tel. 508/540-3930), is a good old bar/shack with live music (rock, blues, and jazz) Thursday to Saturday nights. Cover is typically $5. Look for free passes on the counter at Coffee Obsession (110 Palmer Ave.) nearby.
Out by Falmouth Heights Beach, grab a stool at the British Beer Company, 263 Grand Ave. (tel. 508/540-9600), and choose from a revolving selection of more than 18 drafts from the British Isles as you ponder views of the beach across the street. In Woods Hole, who knows whom you’ll meet in the Captain Kidd Bar, 77 Water St. (tel. 508/548-9206): maybe a lobsterwoman, maybe a Nobel Prize winner. Good grub, too.
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